Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What is Conditional Admission in the U.S.?

By Brittney Bodden
World Education Services

Are you an international student interested in applying to a U.S. University but your TOEFL or IELTS score do not meet the language requirements? Do not worry, you may have other options available.

Many colleges and universities in the U.S. offer conditional admissions to undergraduates, graduates, and transfer students. These conditional admissions are available for a variety of reasons, including granting extra time to international students to improve their English skills.

What is Conditional Admission?
Conditional admission may be offered to international students who are academically qualified for admissions to a University but need extra assistance with their English proficiency. Once all of the requirements are successfully fulfilled, you will then be offered full admission. Not all Universities offer conditional admission, so it is important that you research this carefully.

Though your status is conditional, it does not affect applying for funding, applying for a student visa, or student housing.

General Steps to Apply for Conditional Admissions:

1. Apply to a U.S. College or University

Remember the documents you must provide will vary depending on the university and level of study, so be mindful of the terms and conditions for conditional admissions. Also, be aware of the time limit the university sets for your conditional admission!

2. Fulfill the Requirements 

Once you receive your conditional admissions letter, your school may require you to complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) or other requirements. These programs are designed to help students become proficient in English, a skill that is necessary for succeeding inside and outside the classroom.

3. Contact Admissions 

Once the criteria for admission requirements have been fulfilled, contact the admissions person in charge of your status to update and confirm your admissions from conditional to full-time.

Some Universities to Consider
If you are interested in conditional admissions for international students, these universities are a good starting point:

Albright College
American University
Augustana College

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